Reasons to Install a Fence Around Your Home

Many homeowners consider a fence an essential component of their homes and properties, and for good reasons! Fences provide security and privacy and define your property lines, on top of reducing noise and amplifying curb appeal. Of course, different fencing types have different qualities that each provide their own unique spin on the common attributes we just mentioned.

If you’re still deciding between adding a fence to your property or leaving it bare, keep reading below – we may just change your mind!

Pergolas vs. Arbors – What’s the Difference

When upgrading your backyard, common recommendations include adding pergolas or arbors, and while on the surface, they may seem very similar, they actually do have their differences. However, with both structures, you can expect they will add lasting value to your property and create an inviting space for your family and friends to gather.

These beautiful and functional structures will give you the most enviable backyard in the neighborhood, but choosing between them can be overwhelming. We’ve taken the guesswork out for you, so read on below to learn more about pergolas vs. arbors!

5 Ideas for Lighting Your Deck

A deck can be the perfect living space extension to your home without having to undergo expensive remodeling and additions. However, if you don’t have adequate lighting set up on your deck, you likely aren’t using it as often as you could be. To maximize the usage of your deck – at any time of day or night – consider adding one, or multiple of our below deck lighting ideas.

Pergolas vs. Gazebos – What’s the Difference?

If you’ve been researching ways to add shade to your backyard and improve your home’s curb appeal, you’ve likely come across pergolas and gazebos as two valid options for boosting your property value. While deciding between the two options may be daunting, the choice really comes down to your goals for the space. Below we will explain the differences between pergolas and gazebos, as well as the pros and cons of each, so you can make the best decision for your home.

How to Shade a Deck or Patio

While the Central Texas heat can be unbearable at times, it’s not a viable solution to stay indoors 100% of the time. The better solution is simple – add more shade to your backyard. Not only will the shade keep your yard tens of degrees cooler, but the shade solutions we go on to mention in this post will definitely boost your curb appeal. If you’re looking to add some additional shade to your yard, but don’t know what options you have available, this post is for you! Below we will cover some more common backyard shading options, including our favorite – the pergola.

Benefits of Adding a Deck to Your House

Let’s face it, no matter how large your home is, it always seems like we’re wishing for more space. More room for entertaining, more space for cooking, and an extra place for the kids to play. Unfortunately, adding an addition to your home isn’t always an option, but there is a more flexible and affordable option – adding a deck.

If you’ve thought about adding a deck before, but are curious about the full benefits you would enjoy with the addition, this post is for you.

Deck Safety Checklist

May is deck safety month, which is the perfect time to review deck safety best practices to ensure your favorite backyard addition is safe for the whole family. Whether you recently added a deck to your backyard, or are interested in adding one, it’s never too late to tackle common deck safety issues. Review our checklist of top deck safety tips and contact us if you need any of the items repaired so your whole family can enjoy your deck for years to come.

How to Child Proof Your Deck

When you add a deck to your home, you want the whole family to be able to enjoy it – including your children! Of course, depending on the age and size of your children, you may have to take some extra precautions to ensure they can safely enjoy it. But if you’re asking yourself where to start when child-proofing your deck, consider this your guide. Below we will cover our top tips for child-proofing your deck in perfect time for summer!

Features of Shadowbox Style Fences

One of the more unique variations of wood privacy fences is a shadowbox fence. Shadowbox fences are constructed with the standard picket or dog eared picket, but instead of placed side by side as in a typical privacy fence, the boards are alternated on either side of the fence rail – about two to three inches apart. The final effect creates shadows – resulting in the moniker. If you’re on the fence (pun intended) about selecting a shadowbox style fence, take a look at some of their most notable features below.

Guide on Composite Decking

If you’re looking to add a deck to your home that’s low maintenance, beautiful, and eco-friendly, look no further than composite decking. However, many consumers don’t even realize this is a material option for their deck. If you’re looking for more information on composite decking, consider this your guide – let’s dive in!